TEXAS FELON ACCUSED OF BEING IN POSSESSION OF DRUGS, FIREARMS

A Texas man was arrested in Yucca Valley Thursday, after he was found with drugs and firearms. About 2:10 p.m., a deputy was at a home in the 7500 block of Palm Avenue in Yucca Valley and made contact with Charles Porter, 48. After an investigation, Charles Porter was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms and possession of methamphetamine for sales, and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.

DON’T FALL FOR FEDEX SCAM

FedEx is warning residents about a new scam. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information to avoid being taken in by this new phishing scam…

Some people have reported they’ve received a text message that appears to be from FedEx. The message has a tracking code and recipients are urged to enter their delivery preferences. If you receive this text, don’t go to the link, as it’s a fraudulent, scammer-operated site that will try to get your personal information and separate you from your money. FedEx said in a statement, “FedEx does not send unsolicited text messages or emails to customers requesting money or package or personal information. Any suspicious text messages or emails should be deleted without being opened, and reported to abuse@fedex.com.”

CALL FOR ART FOR SECOND ANNUAL CALIFORNIA ART FESTIVAL

The California Welcome Center has put out a call for art for its second annual California Art Festival. Winners of the contest will be able to display their art at the Welcome Center for an entire year. The cost to enter is $35 per entry, and artists may enter five works. The deadline to enter is March 1. Artists must be California residents. The art festival is set for April 25-26 at the California Welcome Center in Yucca Valley. Winners of the art contest will be announced April 25. For complete rules and more information, see the link below.

TRANSITION JOSHUA TREE TO SERVE FREE SOUP DINNER

If you enjoy a hot meal on a cold day, and if you want to become more involved in your community, reporter Mike Lipsitz says clear your calendar for Sunday’s Transition Joshua Tree vegetarian dinner…

You’re invited to Sunday dinner with Transition Joshua Tree, featuring a hearty vegetarian meal of soups and stews to warm the body and soul. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church on East Parkway in Joshua Tree. As with all Transition Joshua Tree dinners, this is a ‘no waste’ event, so please bring your own dishes and utensils. Contact jtlocalfoodprogram@gmail.com to donate or volunteer. There is no charge, but donations are welcome and, as always, newcomers are welcome.

TWO LA CONTENTA MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS HONORED FOR PERFECT ATTENDANCE

La Contenta Middle School students Blake Nicholas (8th grade), and Vivian Castaneda (7th grade) each received a $50 gift card for Walmart for perfect attendance during the second quarter of school.

The La Contenta Parent Association has announced the names of the two students who were awarded a prize for having perfect attendance during the second quarter of the school year. Blake Nicholas, an eighth grader, and Vivian Castaneda, a seventh grader, each received a $50 gift card to Walmart. The Association will choose two students—a seventh grader and an eighth grader—at the end of the year who have had perfect attendance throughout the entire year and award them a $100 gift card to Walmart.